My Cultural Sundae

Our cultural identities are what make us unique individuals. Believe it or not, no identity is the same because if it was, life would be less exciting. As I was scrambling to discover my identity, I gained a stronger sense of self. I realized I belong to the following cultural groups: American, African, and Christian. Although I am connected to all of these groups, I am simply a spiritual, musical person who values family and unity.
American culture has evolved over the years; however, a few social norms I hope remain in the American society. I appreciate the American hygiene standards. I believe it is unacceptable to enter a public place not clean, if we can control our circumstances. I really enjoy American cuisine. Although it is unhealthy to eat it excessively, cheeseburgers with fries are to die for. However, I am disappointed with the American beauty standards; they created many of my current insecurities. Above all, I am heartbroken at the way many Americans treat minorities and refugees. They are often treated inhumanely, but we are people too. In America, I am a minority who strives for equality for all.
My African culture is the second most prominent section of my identity. I know that it is there, but it is difficult to investigate. Due to American slavery, most, if not all, of my African history was destroyed. Despite that, I feel drawn to African music and art. I adore Afro-Pop, and I listen to it everyday to wake me up in the morning. The artists of this genre put accents and highlights on their lyrics which helps me find my own interpretation. My mom and dad always stress the regalness of my African ancestors. In fact, my musicality is heavily influenced by African culture.
At the same time, my marital views differ from many African countries. I want to be able to choose the age in which I marry someone. Of course, every culture has its flaws.
While growing up, Christianity was shoved in my face. I went to church every Sunday as a child with my Grandma and PaPa. I do believe in a higher being or God; however, I do not believe God is as judgemental as people make him out to be. Although my parents did not baptize me, I feel extremely connected to God. Contrarily, I disagree with the way the LGBTQ comunity is treated by other Christians. Any person should be able to marry whoever they love, so I am more of a spiritual person compared to my ‘’very Christian’’ grandparents.
I had many difficulties discovering my cultural identity until I realized that what I wore, what I ate, what listened to, and how I perceived the world was my identity. I am now proud to say that I am a spiritually guided African American girl who loves to sing her heart out. If a person ever finds themselves wondering ‘’Do I have an ethnicity?’’, the answer is always yes when they realize it is up to them!

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